The NKJV: A Deadly Translation (Article)

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  1. brothersmiller

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    The NKJV: A Deadly Translation

    By James L. Melton


    We will now give some special attention to one of the deadliest translations on the market--the New King James Version, first published in 1979. It is a deadly version because it's editors have succeeded in deceiving the body of Christ on two main points: (1) That it's a King James Bible (which is a lie), and (2) that it's based on the Textus Receptus (which is only a partial truth). The following information should be helpful when dealing with Christians who have been swindled by the Laodicean lovers of filthy lucre:
    1. The text of the NKJV is copyrighted by Thomas Nelson Publishers, while there is no copyright today on the text of the KJV. If your KJV has maps or notes, then it may have a copyright, but the text itself does not.

    2. There's nothing "new" about the NKJV logo. It is a "666" symbol of the pagan trinity which was used in the ancient Egyptian mysteries. It was also used by satanist Aleister Crowley around the turn of this century. The symbol can be seen on the New King James Bible, on certain rock albums (like Led Zepplin's), or you can see it on the cover of such New Age books as The Aquarian Conspiracy. (See Riplinger's tract on the NKJV.)

    3. It is estimated that the NKJV makes over 100,000 translation changes, which comes to over eighty changes per page and about three changes per verse! A great number of these changes bring the NKJV in line with the readings of such Alexandrian perversions as the NIV and the RSV. Where changes are not made in the text, subtle footnotes often give credence to the Westcott and Hort Greek Text.

    4. While passing off as being true to the Textus Receptus, the NKJV IGNORES the Receptus over 1,200 times.

    5. In the NKJV, there are 22 omissions of "hell", 23 omissions of "blood", 44 omissions of "repent", 50 omissions of "heaven", 51 omissions of "God", and 66 omissions of "Lord". The terms "devils", "damnation", "JEHOVAH", and "new testament" are completely omitted.

    6. The NKJV demotes the Lord Jesus Christ. In John 1:3, the KJV says that all things were made "by" Jesus Christ, but in the NKJV, all things were just made "through" Him. The word "Servant" replaces "Son" in Acts 3:13 and 3:26. "Servant" replaces "child" in Acts 4:27 and 4:30. The word "Jesus" is omitted from Mark 2:15, Hebrews 4:8, and Acts 7:45.

    7. The NKJV confuses people about salvation. In Hebrews 10:14 it replaces "are sanctified" with "are being sanctified", and it replaces "are saved" with "are being saved" in I Corinthians 1:18 and II Corinthians 2:15. The words "may believe" have been replaced with "may continue to believe" in I John 5:13. The old straight and "narrow" way of Matthew 7:14 has become the "difficult" way in the NKJV.

    8. In II Corinthians 10:5 the KJV reads "casting down imaginations", but the NKJV reads "casting down arguments". The word "thought", which occurs later in the verse, matches "imaginations", not "arguments". This change weakens the verse.

    9. The KJV tells us to reject a "heretick" after the second admonition in Titus 3:10. The NKJV tells us to reject a "divisive man". How nice! Now the Alexandrians and Ecumenicals have justification for rejecting anyone they wish to label as "divisive men".

    10. According to the NKJV, no one would stoop so low as to "corrupt" God's word. No, they just "peddle" it (II Cor. 2:17). The reading matches the Alexandrian versions.

    11. Since the NKJV has "changed the truth of God into a lie", it has also changed Romans 1:25 to read "exchanged the truth of God for the lie". This reading matches the readings of the new perversions, so how say ye it's a King James Bible?

    12. The NKJV gives us no command to "study" God's word in II Timothy 2:15.

    13. The word "science" is replaced with "knowledge" in I Timothy 6:20, although "science" has occurred in every edition of the KJV since 1611! How say ye it's a King James Bible?

    14. The Jews "require" a sign, according to I Corinthians 1:22 (and according to Jesus Christ - John 4:48), but the NKJV says they only "request" a sign. They didn't "request" one when signs first appeared in Exodus 4, and there are numerous places throughout the Bible where God gives Israel signs when they haven't requested anything (Exo. 4, Exo. 31:13, Num. 26:10, I Sam. 2:34, Isa. 7:10-14, Luke 2:12, etc). They "require" a sign, because signs are a part of their national heritage.

    15. The King James reading in II Corinthians 5:17 says that if any man is in Christ he is a new "creature", which matches the words of Christ in Mark 16:15. The cross reference is destroyed in the NKJV, which uses the word "creation."

    16. As a final note, we'd like to point out how the NKJV is very inconsistent in it's attempt to update the language of the KJV. The preface to the NKJV states that previous "revisions" of the KJV have "sought to keep abreast of changes in English speech", and also that they too are taking a "further step toward this objective". However, when taking a closer look at the language of the NKJV, we find that oftentimes they are stepping BACKWARDS! Please note a few examples of how well the NKJV has "kept abreast of the changes in the English language":


    SCRIPTURE KJV NKJV

    Ezra 31:4 little rivers rivulets
    Psalms 43:1 Judge Vindicate
    Psalms 139:23 thoughts anxieties
    Isaiah 28:1 fat verdant
    Amos 5:21 smell savor
    Matthew 26:7 box flask
    Luke 8:31 the deep the abyss
    John 10:41 did performed
    Luke 19:11-27 pounds minas
    John 19:9 judgement hall Praetorium
    Acts 1:18 bowels entrails
    Acts 18:12 deputy proconsul
    Acts 21:38 uproar insurrection
    Acts 27:30 boat skiff
    Hebrews 12:8 bastard illegitimate

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    http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/nkjvdead.htm
     
  2. Johnv

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    Brothersmiller, you're doing nothing but posting the same KJVO falsehoods that crop up from time to time. But a lie is a lie, and since you're consinually posting this stuff on the board, that makes you a liar.

    I've already refuted you once in the thread below. Do I need to do it again here?

    http://www.baptistboard.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/4/1600.html#000001
     
  3. brothersmiller

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    Johnv you I would not go so far as to call you a liar but you sure do believe them when it comes to believing other versions of the Bible are ok.

    Peace in Jesus.
    Bro miller.
     
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    Pinch me please. Was that opening post for real?
     
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    Translation: You're not able to refute what I said.
     
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    Is not Southern California where the word of faith heresies are sweeping and being believed also?

    Peace.

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  7. Johnv

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    Stop evading the main point. You're a liar.

    I'm staunchly anti-WoF, btw. I believe the biggest WoF persons right now are Benny Hinn and Robert Tilton. Neither of them are anywhere near this area.
     
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    And Cleveland, Tennessee, is world HQ for the Church of God, and the Church of God of Prophecy, but it doesn't mean I'm going to start babbling in tongues and telling the future.
     
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    I am not a liar Johnv and name calling is not a Christian thing to do you are a Christian are you not?Hummm I wonder.

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  10. Marcia

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    A good resource for refuting the KJO arguments is James White's _The King James Only Controversy_. I have read or heard the most common the KJO arguments refuted. A lot of it is not understanding translation issues. Just wanted to post this resource.
     
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    Hummm Johnv.

    Shocker! Bible Scholar Loses Voice
    on the John Ankerberg TV Show

    By Texe Marrs

    You can call it pure justice, a sign from God, or whatever you want, but eyebrows were sure raised recently during the tapings for Christian TV's The John Ankerberg Show. Ankerberg, a bitter opponent of the King James Bible, had wanted to do a series of TV programs in which the heads of the new version translation committees ? the NIV, RSV, NASV, NKJV, etc.? would debate King James Bible advocates.

    Afraid that the King James people would get the upper hand and win the debate, Ankerberg attempted to "stack the deck." He invited five new version scholars but only three King James advocates. Since Ankerberg is himself a fervent promoter of the NIV and other false versions, that made the odds six to three. But the three, King James men ? Dr. Joseph Chambers, Dr. Samuel Gipp, and Dr. Thomas Strouse, weren’t deterred by the odds. They accepted John Ankerberg's invitation anyway so that they could get out their vital and important message ? that the King James Bible is the only trustworthy, accurate, scholarly, and whole Bible available in the world!

    The John Ankerberg programs are taped in advance in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and then shown later to a national TV audience. For the Bible version debate, eight shows were taped. However, on one of these shows, Ankerberg and the new Bible version people were forced to call an abrupt halt right in the midst of the taping.

    It happened when Ankerberg asked Dr. Don Wilkins, of the New American Standard Version translation committee, a key question. Is it true, asked Ankerberg, as Gail Riplinger reported in her best-selling book, New Age Bible Versions, that a number of the scholars who worked on the new translation committees lost their voice as punishment by God?

    As the TV cameras captured the moment, Dr. Wilkins opened his mouth to answer ? and nothing came out! No sound! Wilkins kept trying to clear his throat, but he couldn't respond. Ankerberg and the other new version scholars were visibly startled. Finally, an embarrassed and frightened Wilkins was able to screech out in a cracking, almost inaudible manner, "I... I've.. lost... my voice."

    A shocked John Ankerberg ordered the cameras to stop and back up, whereupon Dr. Joseph Chambers, a King James only advocate, politely protested. "The cameras should record exactly what happened here," Chambers insisted.

    But Ankerberg was hearing none of it. After a brief delay, the TV cameras began to roll again, after the amazing segment of Dr. Wilkins losing his voice had conveniently been excised.

    But our miraculous God wasn't through yet. Ankerberg had taped eight programs in all, but after broadcasting only two of them, he pulled the others off the air and refused to continue the series. When we called his office to ask why, we were pointedly told that it was because the series was a financial flop. When the first two of the eight programs aired, people did not send in enough contributions. In other words, Ankerberg claims that the series wasn’t making money!

    I watched one of the two programs that did air, however, and I believe there is another, quite
    different reason why Ankerberg and the false new version folks decided to pull the remainder. At
    one point, the new version "scholars" were clearly frustrated when Dr. Chambers asked them
    why, an astounding 46 times in the NIV, the title of "Master" for our Lord Jesus had been
    changed to "teacher!" Obviously, there is a vast difference between one who is our Master and one who is a mere teacher.

    Such poignant episodes as this make me doubt Ankerberg's rationale as to why he quickly jerked the remaining programs from the broadcast schedule· If, as he claims, Ankerberg pulled the series because he wasn't bringing in enough money, what does that tell us about his "ministry?" Is John Ankerberg in it only for the money? Is filthy lucre the sole measure for the programs he airs ? or doesn't air?

    Note from the Editor: Pastor Reaves contacted Dr. Joseph Chambers and he verified this incident did occur.

    http://www.baptistpillar.com/bd0465.htm

    Maybe God needs to plug your mouth Johnv.

    Bro miller.
     
  12. Johnv

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    Yes, I'm a Christian. You, otoh, are posting blatant lies, and you refuse to acknowlege it. That makes you a liar. As a fellow brother in Christ, it's my obligtion to hold ou accountable.

    Now, you have two choices. You can either acknowlege that the post is a lie and detract it, or you can tell us , point by point, why you believe the info in the first post is true, so we can discuss it.

    You do know how to have an adult discussion, don't you?
    Don't hold your breath.
     
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    I am closing this thread. This is so offensive to so many rules of the BB - calling into question the Holy Scriptures, questioning the salvation of others, etc etc.

    I will personally write our new member and explain how to be civil.
     

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